GPF-RMF ~ Guild of Professional Farriers - Registered Master Farrier
CNBBT, CNBF, CLS, CE, CI (With the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization)
Gene Ovnicek is nationally and internationally recognized as a farrier, clinician and researcher. A pioneer in the study of wild horse hoof form and function, Gene has combined his 50 years of farrier experience with the information from other scientific research as a foundation for treating and preventing equine lameness. Gene has been involved in research projects with Dr. Robert Bowker (formerly of Michigan State University) and Dr. Barbara Page of the Equine Wellness Foundation. Gene is currently participating in several ongoing research projects with the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, as well as his own anecdotal studies. Gene's ever evolving Natural Balance® information packed presentations have been featured at some of the most prestigious farrier and veterinarian conferences in the world. In addition to the research projects, teaching and his advisory position with Equine Digit Support System, Inc., Gene still operates a complete farrier practice ranging from performance horses to lameness management and consultation.
Gene Ovnicek and the Natural Balance® information have been published in the American Farrier’s Journal (AFJ), Anvil Magazine, TrailBlazer magazine, Horse Illustrated, Western Horseman, the European Farrier’s Journal, EQUUS and several associated press articles. He has published chapters in major hoof care text books such as “Adams Lameness in Horses”, “Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse”, “The Veterinary Clinics of North America”, as well as several self published works and video projects, including the "Natural Balance Hoof Care" education series and "Hope for Soundness" book.
As a clinician, Gene has been invited to share this information with a wide range of groups and activities. A few include:
Gene currently lives and works in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area. Many of his speaking engagements and roles as an instructor are tied into the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization. However, Gene still does independent clinics where he focuses on advanced Natural Balance theory, lameness treatment and "Leverage Testing" using the Krosscheck LT device. Please inquire with EDSS, Inc. (719.372.7463) if you are intested in organizing or participating in a clinic with Gene.